Rear Adm. Fred W. Kacher was raised in Oakton, Virginia, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 with a degree in English. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Among his sea tours, Kacher has served on cruisers and destroyers, deploying multiple times as part of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. At sea, he most recently served as commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, forward deployed to Southeast Asia. Prior to assuming command, he served as deputy commodore during the command’s shift to Southeast Asia. Previously, he served as the first commanding officer of USS Stockdale (DDG 106) which earned the Battle Efficiency Award in 2010. While he served as executive officer on USS Barry (DDG 52), the ship was selected for the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy.
Kacher’s recent shore assignments include serving as the chief of staff to Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and as the lead speechwriter and special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In earlier tours, he served as special assistant to the secretary of the Navy and as deputy executive assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations for information, plans and strategy (N3/N5). In 2006, he was selected as a White House fellow serving as director, strategy and budget on the Homeland Security Council at the White House.
Kacher holds various decorations and awards including the Presidential Service Badge. In 2005, he was selected for the Adm. Elmo Zumwalt Award for Visionary Leadership after being nominated by members of Barry’s crew and he was the 2015 recipient of the U.S. Navy League’s John Paul Jones Inspirational Leadership Award during his command of DESRON-7.
He is author of the book, "Newly Commissioned Naval Officer’s Guide" (U.S. Naval Institute Press).